Western Region

Welcome to the Western Region webpage. The American Counseling Association has four regions. The Western Region represents professional counselors who live and practice in the western part of the US, as well as the Philippines.

There are 13 states, plus the Philippines, in the Western Region: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington State, and Wyoming. ACA members who reside in any of these jurisdictions and belong to the ACA automatically belong to the ACA-Western Region.

2017-2018 Leadership

Western Region Chair
Becky Rudd
rrudd@ewu.edu

Western Region Chair-Elect
Jamie Davila
jljdavila@gmail.com

Western Region Past Chair
Elizabeth Forsyth
elizabeth.forsyth@me.com 

Governing Council Representative
Diana Pals
dianapals@hotmail.com

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Latest News

Tax Bill Compromise Under Way

by Kathie Felix | Dec 15, 2017
The House and Senate have approved different versions of tax reform and now the conference committee is preparing to release the final compromise version, which both houses must then pass before the measure goes to the President for signature. There has been a strong effort to move these bills through the legislative process in order to put a bill on the President's desk by December 25.

The American Counseling Association has been concerned about provisions that would allow the taxing of graduate student tuition waivers, the elimination of the individual mandates for health care, and a number of additional provisions that have the possibility of impacting ACA as a not-for-profit business.

The result of this week’s special election in Alabama for a Senate seat set off furious deal-making in the tax reform conference committee. Details are being released today. So far, we know that the House-passed provisions that would eliminate the student loan interest deduction and would tax tuition waivers will NOT be included in the final bill. We consider this a win for ACA and for its graduate student members.

The ACA Government Affairs team offers more detailed information on the tax bill on the American Counseling Association Government Affairs blog.